wiretap

[wahyuhr-tap]
noun
1.
an act or instance of tapping telephone or telegraph wires for evidence or other information.
verb (used with object), wiretapped, wiretapping.
2.
to obtain (information, evidence, etc.) by tapping telephone or telegraph wires: to wiretap conversations.
3.
to listen in on by means of a wiretap: to wiretap a telephone; to wiretap a conversation.
verb (used without object), wiretapped, wiretapping.
4.
to tap telephone or telegraph wires for evidence, information, etc.
adjective
5.
pertaining to or obtained by wiretap.

Origin:
1950–55; back formation from wiretapper

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wiretap (ˈwaɪəˌtæp)
 
vb , -taps, -tapping, -tapped
to make a connection to a telegraph or telephone wire in order to obtain information secretly
 
'wiretapper
 
n
 
'wiretapping
 
n

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Example sentences
It is also immaterial where the physical connection of the wiretap takes place.
He found mistakes in supporting paperwork, which excluded the use of vital
  wiretap evidence.
It challenged the extradition request, arguing that it was based on illegal
  wiretap evidence.
Courts unlikely to hear wiretap cases, legal scholars say.
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